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Heroes and Heroines of Fiction free pdf Excerpt from Heroes and Heroines of Fiction Roughly speaking, the year 1500 forms the line of cleavage between this volume and its predecessor bearing the subtitle, Modern Prose and Poetry. But no merely arbitrary date can furnish a philosophical and consistent division between a volume so subtitled and a companion volume like the present, dealing not only with the characters of classic and oriental myth (these date from the unknown past), but also with heroes of the folk-lore, legend and tradition of all times and of that non-literary literature known as the ballad and the chapbook. For instance, Captain Kidd, as a ballad hero, properly belongs to this volume (as the compiler has planned it) even though the eccentric pirate flourished in the eighteenth century. So does Mother Shipton, in her quality as a chapbook heroine, though her fame was established in the seventeenth century. So do Uncle Sam and Brother Jonathan, because they are of purely popular origin. A distinction worth noting occurs in the case of John Bull. Name and character were originally invented by John Arbuthnot in a purely literary pasquinade. In his original form, therefore, Master Bull belongs to Volume I. But that original and purely literary form has been so transmogrified in the popular imagination, has gathered such an accretion of details from a hundred unidentifiable sources, that the John Bull of to-day, the protagonist of cartoon and caricature is a totally different being from the John Bull of Arbuthnot's creation. Therefore this secondary character also obtains a niche in the present volume. Other "heroes and heroines" have won for themselves a dual immortality of a similar sort: Cleopatra and Julius Caesar, for example, are historic characters, belonging to the classic period of antiquity. But they have obtruded themselves into modern "fiction." About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works."

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Author : William Shepard Walsh
Publisher : Forgotten Books
Data Published : 27 September 2015
ISBN : 1330331141
EAN : 9781330331149
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 388 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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